Canadian Forces Base to Undergo Energy Upgrades - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  March 14, 2024

Canadian Forces Base to Undergo Energy Upgrades

The Canadian Forces Base in Edmonton, Canada, will undergo a massive energy upgrade project across 124 buildings covering 4.6 million square feet. 

Ameresco, Inc., a cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, announced it received the contract to design, engineer and implement energy upgrades at the base.

The energy conservation measures include the installation of LED lighting, boiler plant and heating system upgrades, converting fuel sources from natural gas to electric heat pump systems, upgrading electrical distribution systems and installing a geothermal ground source heat pump system. In addition, the project will replace natural gas clothing dryers with ventless heat pump dryers, install water conservation measures and upgrade building envelopes to be more energy efficient.

These energy improvements are designed to create savings of over $2 million in energy costs annually and will lower GHG emissions by more than 27%. 

“CFB Edmonton houses some of the most prestigious and experienced units in the Canadian armed forces,” said Bob McCullough, President, Ameresco Canada, in a statement. “The enhancements to the lighting, heating, cooling and water systems will provide troops with a more modern, comfortable and efficient energy system while greatly benefit the surrounding community through their lowering of carbon emissions.”

In 2022, Ameresco undertook a comprehensive evaluation, which included the completion of audits, the development of energy-saving measures and a  feasibility study. This multi-phased project is currently in the design stage, which is anticipated to extend through the remainder of the year and into early 2025. 

To start the project, fast-tracked measures will involve the simultaneous replacement of 10 boilers across five buildings and initiating LED lighting upgrades in 110 buildings this summer. With multiple initiatives underway, the project's full completion is expected by the end of 2026.


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